Be Prepared for an Emergency

Every person should be prepared in the event of an emergency such as a power outage, fire, or natural disaster.  With the recent disasters in Japan, we are reminded of the importance of having an emergency plan in place.  A client’s Plan of Service may contain information of what to do in the event of an emergency but may not have a detailed plan in place.  It is important to discuss emergency plans with the client/client family, before an emergency occurs.  Below are some things that should be in place and discussed with each client family:

  • A contact list of names and phone numbers. 
    • This list should include emergency numbers such as doctors, neighbors, local relatives, poison control, and the electric and gas company.  
    • Include the home address and phone number on this emergency list and display near the home phone; too often individuals are unable to provide the address where they are located.
    • Cell, home and work phone numbers of each member in the home.
  • Procedures in the event of a fire, tornado, or power outage should be outlined. 
    • Where is the meeting spot in the event of a fire? 
    • Where should you go in the event of a tornado? 
    • Phone numbers of who to call in the event of a power outage.
  • An emergency kit or items should be available.  Items include:
    • Flashlight
    • Candles
    • Radio
    • Bottled water
    • Food
    • Blankets
  • First Aid kit – is it fully stocked and accessible?
  • Fire extinguishers.  Know where they are and make sure they are full.

By knowing the emergency plans, you are better prepared to handle an emergency calmly as well as keeping the client calm.

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